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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Fall 2020 issue of the Caravel undergraduate research journal is now live

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Undergraduate Research are pleased to share the new Fall 2020 issue of the Caravel undergraduate research journal. This issue features articles on exercise science, autism, medicine, animal behavior and more. Undergraduate students in all disciplines are eligible to publish their research, scholarly and creative articles in Caravel. Visit the Caravel website for submission guidelines and details.


Reminder: Magellan Scholar applications due next week

The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting Magellan Scholar applications from undergraduate researchers until 5:00 p.m. next Wednesday, October 21. The Magellan Scholar undergraduate research award is open to undergraduates, all campuses, and all disciplines. Magellan Scholars receive up to $3,000 to help fund a faculty mentored research project, competing for this award with the submission of a research, scholarship, or creative project proposal. Students are required to review the application video series prior to preparing the project description in collaboration with their mentor. For more information and to register for access to the video series, please see the Magellan Scholar webpage.


Apply for University Libraries Research and Educational Dataset Procurement pilot program

University Libraries is pleased to announce a pilot program to purchase datasets for research or teaching. This pilot aims to fund several small requests in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Researchers and instructors (faculty, staff and graduate students) who are affiliated with UofSC Columbia are eligible to apply for the libraries to purchase a dataset for research or teaching. Visit the program website to learn more and apply. The application deadline is Friday, October 30, 2020.


Remember: New NSF proposal and award policies are now in effect

On Monday, June 1, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. The revised PAPPG implemented several changes at that time, but two of the most high profile changes were delayed until this month. Those two changes involve the use of an NSF-approved format for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals. Webinars covering the use of NSF-approved formats as well as all of the significant changes to the PAPPG are available on the NSF Policy Outreach website.


NIH to seek information from researchers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will soon request different types of information from NIH-funded researchers.

  • This month, the NIH will launch two surveys to assess the impact of COVID-19 on researchers and research institutions. The first survey, NIH Impact of COVID-19 on Extramural Institutions, will be sent to a single leader who oversees research at NIH-funded institutions. The second survey, NIH Impact of COVID-19 on Extramural Researchers, will be sent in mid-October to individual researchers at NIH-funded institutions. The Office of the Vice President for Research encourages all researchers who receive it to participate in this extremely important survey. Read more.
  • Effective November 12, NIH-funded recipients will be required to submit their publicly accessible Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) policy to NIH via the eRA Commons Institution Profile Module. Read more.


15 October 2020

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